On January 8, 2015 5:20 pm
By Don Hopey
Chemical plants, coal mines, power plants, steel mills, oil refineries and even the maple syrup industry must disclose their releases of hazardous pollutants on the federal Toxic Release Inventory.
But the natural gas drilling industry isn’t required to do the same, even though it now releases more toxics into the air than any other industry except for electricity-generating power plants, according to a coalition of environmental and open-government organizations.
Those nine organizations filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require drilling companies, hydraulic fracturing contractors, and natural gas compressor stations and processing facilities to report their emissions as other industries do.